U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

Cut, washed, styled and dyed? Gov. DeSantis supports reopening hair salons — but not just yet

BY: - May 2, 2020

After Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings recently reached out to the Florida governor about reopening hair salons, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that he’s in support, though it won’t be right away. At a roundtable discussion on the issue at a salon in Orlando, DeSantis stressed the importance of proper safety measures in place for […]

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on small business loan program: ‘It is not a perfect program’

BY: - April 15, 2020

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and two South Florida state lawmakers held a virtual town hall meeting on Facebook Wednesday to underscore the struggles of small businesses, including layoffs, firings and keeping workers on the payroll amid the coronavirus pandemic. Rubio, a Republican U.S. senator, said many small business owners are struggling with limited access to […]

Floridians can expect financial help in the $2 trillion federal relief package

BY: - March 27, 2020

UPDATE: State and local governments in Florida will receive an estimated $8.3 billion out of a $150 billion program in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday, according to an analysis from Florida TaxWatch. Based on population, Florida’s share of the aid will include $3.7 billion for local […]

Military at risk from COVID-19: ‘Anxieties are really high’

BY: - March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense is on course to get a major funding boost as the U.S. military is drawn into the nation’s war against an “invisible enemy.” The issue is of special concern in Florida — home to nearly two dozen military bases and a large military population. As of last year, […]

COMMENTARY
Marco Rubio

After witness vote, a Senate only Caligula could love

BY: - February 3, 2020

The next time someone tells you that the U.S. Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body, your answer should be no longer than two words: Marco Rubio. Here’s what the Republican senator from Florida, and one-time Leader of the Free World aspirant, had to say about the impeachment trial that will likely wrap up this week with […]

Marco Rubio

Sen. Rubio on Trump’s Ukraine talk: ‘I don’t think he should have done it’

BY: - September 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday criticized President Trump’s discussion about former Vice President Joe Biden in a call with Ukraine’s president.   “Bottom line is, I don’t think he should have done it,” Rubio told reporters on Monday. The Florida senator is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  Capitol […]

U.S. Sens. Rubio, Scott, push for tax law changes to boost Dorian donations

BY: - September 13, 2019

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida want to change the U.S. tax code to encourage businesses to donate to Hurricane Dorian relief, co-sponsoring legislation that would temporarily suspend existing limitations on qualified charitable contributions for individuals and corporations. The Category 5 hurricane killed at least 50 people, and more than 1,000 people […]

One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

FL Congressional Republicans helped pass a landmark gun safety bill in 1993. What will they do now?

BY: - September 5, 2019

UPDATED WASHINGTON — When Congress passed landmark gun violence prevention legislation known as the Brady Bill back in 1993, eight Florida Republicans were among the 54 GOP lawmakers in the U.S. House who voted to send the bill to President Bill Clinton’s desk. They were: ex-Reps. Tillie Fowler, Cliff Stearns, Michael Bilirakis, Bill Young, Porter […]

Most FL lawmakers in Congress have taken in cash from gun rights groups

BY: - August 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — In the wake of two devastating mass shootings over the weekend, some members of Congress are imploring the U.S. Senate to vote on sweeping gun control legislation the U.S. House passed in February. The killings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are putting pressure on the GOP-led Senate to take up a […]

Florida U.S. Representatives are backing marijuana reforms

BY: - July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – Six U.S. Reps from Florida – Democrats Charlie Crist, Al Lawson, Darren Soto and Ted Deutch, along with Republicans Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube – have signed on to bipartisan legislation to overhaul federal marijuana laws. The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a congressional hearing on the […]

Are FL public schools teaching about the Holocaust or not?

BY: - July 11, 2019

In a training meeting before the spring legislative session, state Rep. Geraldine F. “Geri” Thompson raised questions about whether public schools have been teaching required classes such as the history of the Holocaust. That instruction is required by law, but in some cases, “It has really not been done,” said Thompson, a Central Florida Democrat. […]

Finally: After 7 months, disaster aid appears to be forthcoming for devastated Panhandle

BY: - May 24, 2019

The U.S. Senate has passed long-awaited legislation to provide $19.1-billion in disaster relief for Puerto Rico, Florida and other areas crippled by hurricanes, floods and other catastrophes. The House is moving to act as well, but Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio tweeted today that it won’t be until next week at the earliest. Rubio tweeted: […]